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Google Educast #028 - Inside Search Education with Tasha

Host: Fred Delventhal
Host: Sean Williams
Host: Kim Zimmer
(Host: Diane Main)
Special Guest: Tasha Bergson-Michelson (Search Education Group at Google)

Segment #1: In the News - What happened this week?
NEW STORY for 12/8
YouTube gets a makeover!
New Features -
1. A new homepage
2. Simpler, customizable Channels
3. A new overall design
Channels expansion: including channels created by well-known personalities and content producers from the TV, film, music, news, and sports fields, as well as some of the most innovative up-and-coming media companies in the world and some of YouTube’s own existing partners.
YouTube On the Rise - Highlights people on the rise to YouTube fame - example JenniferESL
Jennifer is a multi-lingual ESL/EFL teacher based in Boston, and her channel offers a range of free instructional videos that address the ins and outs of the English language.

NEW STORY for 12/8
Multiple Improvements for Easier Email Set - Up in the Apps domain:
- MX record setup is now fully unified in the Setup guide providing guided help for the customer through various email setup options such as direct to Google, Postini, or mail routing in a piloting scenario.
- Domains can now directly use Postini without setting up Gmail first.
- Domains can now use Google provided test aliases,, for as long as desired. Previously these aliases were removed once email was activated. Administrators will also have the option to activate or deactivate the test alias under "Domain Settings." Domains with Postini can also opt-in to keeping the test alias upon Postini activation.
- The domain’s current MX records will now be displayed in the Control Panel under "Email Settings" and in the Setup guide. Showing these MX records in the Control Panel will help administrators check their status of email activation or incorrect MX records post-setup.

NEW STORY for 12/8
A reminder that it’s CSed Week! sponsored by Google:
Lots of great computer science resources for the classroom

CAPE program

Segment #2 Tool Shoutout - An in-depth look at 1 Google product
Possibly Combine Tool Shoutout and Classroom Applications for this week due to the interview??

Tasha Interview here

Can you touch on some of the Google Search tools available and which ones might work best in the classroom?
for show notes:
A Google A Day
Google Fusion Tables
Google Public data Finder

What do you have coming up? Webinars? Workshops?
Where can people go to find out more?

Segment #3 Tips and Tricks - Cool little things we run across.

Google Currents

Looks nice but when I tried to add my Google Reader it wanted me to add each thing separately. I didn’t see a way to just add my GR things or import an OPML file.

Picasa Application update with more filters and Google+ integration
Side by side photo editing views. Nice!

Segment #4: Classroom Applications - Cool things that we (or others) are doing with Google in the classroom.
NEW 12/6
Google Earth Puzzles- Where in the World?
Neat example of yet another way Google Earth can be used in the classroom. Teachers can create these types of puzzles on a variety of geography topics (I’m thinking pre- assessment or post- assessment specifically) for students using screen shots and a simple slide show type of presentation. Students can use voting devices, write down answers on paper or actually take the quiz using Google Forms while teacher flips through various images. Follow up activity could be flying to those locations to reinforce learning or introduce new places.

A fun similar site you can “play” --

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